Training Grounds

The location of Northwoods Bird Dogs in east central Minnesota is ideal for abundant wild bird exposure. Right out the kennel door, Jerry has access to more than 2,000 acres of training ground. Within a short distance are thousands of additional acres of public and private land that include excellent habitat for native populations of ruffed grouse and woodcock.

For more than 20 years, Jerry has shared a hunting camp in North Dakota with Frank LaNasa. On long weekends in late summer, the two train off horseback on vast, rolling pastures–Jerry in preparation for a season of guiding and hunting and Frank for the fall field trial championships.

Winter finds Jerry and Betsy heading south. They have trained in Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee but currently spend several months in southwest Georgia, near Thomasville, the heart of quail plantation country. It is a beautiful part of the country and affords outstanding training opportunities on both wild and johnny house bobwhites.

During late summer, Jerry trains off horseback at a camp in  in North Dakota. Plentiful wild birds–sharp-tailed grouse, pheasants and Hungarian partridge–provide excellent training opportunities.

Jerry Kolter and Blue Shaquille.